According to the most recent Las Vegas Visitors Profile, 57% of visitors to Las Vegas make a trip to downtown Las Vegas. The Vegas experience is completely different when you add a day or night adventure downtown to the mix.
For years downtown Las Vegas was also known as Old Vegas. After all, the area is home to the El Cortez (longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas) and Golden Gate (oldest hotel in Las Vegas). This hasn’t been Old Vegas for a few years now.
While the area embraces its history downtown Las Vegas has seen a lot of changes in the past decade. New businesses and venues have opened all over downtown. While everyone respects the tradition of the area, not every business plays to the kitschy old Vegas theme.
Today downtown Las Vegas is a fun mixture of modern and historic Vegas. The visitors are also a different mixture then you’ll find on the Vegas Strip. More local residents visit downtown Las Vegas and the casinos and attractions have a different vibe than the Vegas Strip which is mostly tourists. The combination is just a different kind of fun.
There are plenty of free things to enjoy in downtown Las Vegas such as the summer concert series. There’s also a mixture of unique things that you can’t enjoy anywhere else in Las Vegas. Here are four activities you can enjoy in downtown Las Vegas for under $25.
SlotZilla is a 12-story zip line ride that flies above the crowd at the Fremont Street Experience. Riders are shot out from a giant slot machine on two different levels. The lower level zip line ride is $20 during the day ($25 at night). The upper-level zoom line is a face-first flight that costs twice as much. Stick to the lower level and get a better view of the crowd below. Ride at night for a close up of all the neon in downtown Las Vegas
Neon Museum and Boneyard
The Neon Museum and Boneyard is located just away from most of the action in downtown Las Vegas. The indoor/outdoor museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. Not only can you learn something about Las Vegas, but you can take enough pictures to make your Facebook and Instagram friends jealous that you’re vacationing in beautiful Las Vegas. Visit during the day to take advantage of the $19 fee for tours.
Fear The Walking Dead Survival Attraction
This is a relatively new addition to the fun at the Fremont Street Experience. The first-of-its-kind experience is inspired by AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” TV series. The unique attraction is an immersive 4-dimensional zombie experience that is partially a maze and partially an interactive game. Tickets for this very different experience are $24.
To the surprise of some, the Mob Museum isn’t a cartoonish look at the mafia. The mission of the museum is to better the understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society. Las Vegas is a big part of the history of organized crime but it isn’t the only place it exists. The museum looks at Las Vegas, other American cities and even across the borders at crime networks around the world. Tickets are normally $26.95 but you can save up to $5/ticket if you buy online. This online discount keeps the attraction under $25!
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.